Organic tapestries of decaying matter dissolve time as flowers bloom and erosion becomes the birth of complex compositions. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: experimental, avant garde, film, 16mm, raymond harmon, flowers, decay, organic
Returning from a stay in Warsaw during the Winter/Spring of 2001 Harmon recorded these two pieces from found acoustic noises in his travels. Fields of White stretches out the earlier compositional style of Harmons work into a wall of disjointed and abstract noisescapes. The length of the piece allows the listener room in which to absorb the transient structure of microtonal frequencies and shifting layers of cutup sounds. The shorter piece, Something From Nothing, acts as an appendix to the... ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Experimental Source: hard disk
Over the course of the past decade Harmons work has become more and more influenced by the writings of Kabalistic and Sufic mystisism. This piece is an extend meditation on the life and work of the author of the Zohar, Moses de Leon. Foremost to the structure of the piece is an outlining representation of the mystical word as hagiographic textbook; An illusion of historic reference like a veil across the contemporary thoughts of the now. This is the center piece of Harmons current electronic... ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Experimental Source: hard disk
The subdued flame-like flashes and sounds reinforce the feeling of quietly smoldering passion. Together, these elements come together to create a delicate composition which is abstract, yet full of feeling. - FilmThreat.com Featuring appearances by the late Shelly Winters and Frank Sinatra Topics: experimental film, 16mm performance, avant garde, shelly winters, frank sinatra, film, avant,...
Shot on an 8mm camera that uses 16mm size rolls and processed without being split. A brief view into my life, an abstract autobiography of my first years wandering the streets of Chicago. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: home movie, avant garde, experimental, occult, film, 16mm, 8mm, color purple
Screening as part of the Heaven Gallery Winter Screening - February 17th, Chicago. Shown as part of the SIDEWALK CINEMA showcase, Chicago IL - Friday, May 11 - 2001 "A collage of loops made from found footage of steam shovels, trains chugging up mountainsides, and various scenes of hard physical labor in industrial settings, all colored a garish red. A layer of marks, like red snow, drifts across the screen. A harshly discordant electronic score reinforces a sense of a hellish, senselessly... Topics: experimental, 16mm film, avant garde performance
The masonic ritual of the dedication of the cornerstone here reduced to the abstraction of its forms via the unravelling of chronological structures. Topic: occult, experimental, film, 16mm, avant garde, sex, porn, abstract, drug, psychedelic, acid, lsd,...
Reliquary of Light is a brief interlude of experimental form. Discarded as unviewable it is a short piece of film shot at the wrong speed, giving the viewer a soft wash of tone and shape. Topic: occult, experimental, film, 16mm, avant garde, sex, porn, abstract
A live composition of celluloid improvisation using multiple projectors and dual-loop film masks of found footage. Silk worms, chromatic decay, hand wrought surface erosion, and shifting fields of focal depth. Shown August 19th, 2001 at the Chicago Underground Film Fest SPELLS FOR ALL OUR TROUBLES (shorts) "Harmon bends celluloid and projector to his whim once again in this special film performance with masks, loops, and a silk worm's primal dance.. " Topics: experimental, 16mm, avant garde, film, avant, occult, sex, light, psychedelic
Urban movements and the flow of civilization through the lens of happenstance and light. ( 5 reviews ) Topic: occult, experimental, film, 16mm, avant garde, sex, porn, abstract, drug, psychedelic, acid, lsd,...
The abstraction of sexual interaction, Traces is a piece of pornography staring Traci Lords and Ron Jeremy manipulated via various means into a shifting rhythm of color and form. Topic: sex, porn, pornography, Traci Lords, Ron Jeremy, experimental, film, 16mm, abstract, avant garde,...
These seven tracks represent the output of a singular event in the development of Harmons work. Using two Palm 105 PDAs and a freeware program modified by Harmon the sonic tapestries in these works were created by the interaction of the two Palmtops. Communicating over their infrared ports the pieces evolved in a call and response style. Harmon would create a seed sound by touching the screen of one Palmtop and then the conversation between the two PDAs would begin. These pieces and their... ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Noise Source: DAT
Almost beyond the self imposed boundaries of his other works these three compositions reflect the diverse interest in extended micro amplified tones that has left its mark on a handful of Harmons works. Three pieces of super elongated field recordings cut and pasted over each other to create an abyss of sonic exegesis. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Experimental Source: hard disk
YHVH is a tool for transcendental expansion. Non-denominational, non specific (other than in name) to any religion, and free from figurative icons. Because the nature of the abstract imagery used in YHVH tends toward an interpretive logic, much like a Rorschach's Test, the imagery becomes personally interpretive. The mind attempts to force some logic on the shifting lights and darks and thus gives us access to the architecture of the subconscious. It is a window into the abstract. This version... ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Kaballah, Rob Mazurek, Chokmah, experimental, trance, feedback, occult, magic, magick
These dense electronic compositions outline the early minimal aspects of Harmon's work. Built upon layers of exaggeratedly slowed down environmental recordings each piece becomes a meditation on the mundane aspects of existence. Like soundtracks for the abstract film that is our lives; the three works remain the least improvised and yet most compelling of Harmons early electronic work. 1 - Cause We Couldnt Be Bother Otherwise 2 - Something I Wouldnt Talk About 3 - Trying To Be Alone on a Sunday... ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Experimental Source: hard disk
Light is the source of all life, it's evanescent radiation mutates and destroys even as it brings all things into existence. "This extremely brief ambient piece manages to create an ecstatic and elevated mood with very simple means." - FilmThreat Topics: experimental, feedback, avant garde, film, avant, occult, sex, light, psychedelic
In this very special edition of The GSpot, Joseph Matheny talks to Raymond Salvatore Harmon about the special release of his movie, The Philosopher's Stone on Greylodge as a torrent to be followed by a "Press to Play" version being released on Altertube.tv and Pilotlite.com, and then a podcast edition to be released on Alterati, Greylodge and Pilotlite. Joe and Ray discuss art on the fringe, how Ray came to film making, the Chicago art scene, and why the economy means... Topics: Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Joseph Matheny